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  1. In a glass or ceramic bowl, add 1/2 cup water and 1 cup white glue.
  2. Stir in 4 drops food coloring if desired.
  3. In another bowl, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon borax in 1/2 cup water.
  4. Slowly add the dissolved borax mixture to the glue mixture. Stir well.
  5. When not in use, store in a tightly sealed jar.


  1. Borax can usually be found next to the laundry detergent in your hardware store.
  2. Encourage your children to play with this outdoors as it's messy.

What You Need

  • Borax

Household Pool Chemicals

Pool chemical companies often like to use tricky chemical names for their products, so you don't recognize them. It even fools many dealers and pool builders -- I had some rather nasty emails a few years ago from a dealer who genuinely believed his 'brand-name' "sodium acid carbonate" was better for your pool than plain baking soda! Anyhow, here's a table of "aliases" used by pool dealers and companies:
Common nameCommon 'pool' namesUsual chemical nameAlternate chemical names
Baking sodaAlkalinity increasersodium bicarbonatesodium acid carbonate
sodium hydrogen carbonate
Washing sodapH UPsodium carbonatesoda ash
BleachLiquid chlorinesodium hypochloritesodium hypochlorite, 3%
sodium hypochlorite, 6%
sodium hypochlorite, 10%
sodium hypochlorite, 15%
20 Mule-team
pH UPsodium tetraboratesodium tetraborate pentahydrate
sodium tetraborate decahydrate
Other pool chemicals 
Stabilizercyanuric acid
sun protector
chlorine protector
cyanuric acidisocyanuric acid
Calciumcalcium increaser
calcium plus
hardness increaser
calcium chloridecalcium chloride, anhydrous
calcium chloride, dihydrate
pH UppH increaser
pH plus
pH booster
sodium hydroxidecaustic soda
pH DownpH decreaser
pH minus
pH subtractor
dry acid
sodium bisulfatesodium acid sulfate

PVC Fishing Jug

Right click on each picture to print the instructions for this creative fishing jug.

Hillbilly Golf

Great Summertime game you can make for $30.00 + tax.  Thanks to the Instructables website for these great plans.

Letter to Santa - Copy and Past the text to your Word Processor - make personal changes and print.

Santa Claus
The North Pole

December 10, 2009

Dear ,

Merry Christmas from the North Pole!

Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, the elves and I are busy getting ready for the holidays?

I hear from your family that you have been very good this year.  I hope to bring you lots of fun toys Christmas morning.

Happy Holidays,


Santa Claus and Rudolph

The North Pole

Hillbilly Golf Rules

Ok first I only told you how to make one of the ladders. You must make another unless you are the only one that wants to play. Just repeat this Instructable and make another one. If you want to you can glue it, but I want to be able to travel with it.

Rules are pretty simple:

You and your opponent try to score. Top bar is 2 points, middle is 3 points and bottom is 1 point. You play to 21. It can hop and and get on the bar. Your opponent can try to knock off your golf balls and you dont get the points. If you both get the same bar, it X's both of your points. You have to get exactly 21 to win. If you had 19 and you got 3 points it will subtract 3 points. If you have questions or like to do this post. Thank you.

Hillbilly Golf

Parts and supply list


You will need:
6 3/4 PVC T's
6 3/4 PVC Elbows
About two 10 foot 3/4 PVC pipe
Nylon rope
6 golf balls
If you are making 2 you will need to double the supplies.

Hillybilly Golf Assembly Instructions

How to build the "ladder" (upper part)

Ok now we are going to start building. First cut the PVC.
Cut 3 2ft PVC pipe
Then cut 6 1ft PVC pipe

Attatch two T's on both sides of the 2ft pipe
Now put 2 1ft pipes on the T's
Add two more 1f pipes on the T's
Then you must add 2 more T's with a 2ft pipe conecting
Then get two elbows and put them on a 2ft pipe
Connect them together and get a finished project that looks like the picture.
The Base
4 elbows
5 2ft pipes
2 T's

Get one 2ft pipe and attach it to two of the elbows
Then attach two more 2ft pipe to the elbows
Repeat this
Attach the two T's to the pipes

How to make the throwing balls

Nylon rope
Tape measure

Ok now cut the nylon rope to about 20in
Now drill the hole in the golf balls
Burn the ends so they dont frey
Then just stick em' through and knot them
Make 6 of them


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